Max Wigram

Edwin Burdis

06 - 29 Sep 2012

Installation view
6 – 29 September 2012

Edwin Burdis is orchestrating an intense relationship between sound, image and physical presence for MegaDairyPigFarm, his second solo show at Max Wigram Gallery.

The celebrated musician and performance artist, has developed a new body of work; a series of painted works and drawings of the outlines of accentuated figures and heightened symbolic elements set against a flat colour ground, are to hang, lean, cluster and inhabit the gallery space.

Sound will play an active yet sporadic part. Created in response to Heather Phillipson’s text, which in turn has been written in reaction to Burdis’s paintings, it will be available during the exhibition through a smartphone or in the form of a vinyl record. Here Burdis draws his work into a perpetual circle of associative creativity with elements in the drawn work, animated by individually accessed sound, bridging visual narrative and actual moment. The drawn and painted situations play something like the role of characters in an opera, continuing the relationship, in Burdis’s work, between sound and image.

Edwin Burdis (b. Newcastle, 1974) lives and works in London. Burdis’s recent exhibitions and performances include Soundworks, ICA, London, 2012; LongMeg, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2012; Gormley to Gaga, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2012; Purr, Fig, Purr, The Conch, South London Gallery, London, 2012; Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), BWA Wroclaw Galleries of Contemporary Art, Poland, 2012; Handle, Manton Studio, Tate Britain, London, 2011; Shake, Rattle and Hole, Max Wigram Gallery, London, 2011; Home Service, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2011; BigBoxStatueAction, Serpentine gallery, London, 2011. Burdis has recently been selected for a residency at Wysing Art Centre, as part of The Forest, starting November 2012.

Tags: Heather Phillipson